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Diane Carroll, writer/editor/media relations, ext. 3425
Tyler Cundith, sports information director, ext. 3122

W. Track – JCCC wins Triple Crown


W. Track – JCCC wins Triple Crown

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – For the second time in three years, the Johnson County Community College women’s track and field program has captured the Triple Crown by winning the 2014 Region VI and East Jayhawk Conference outdoor championships in Arkansas City, May 2-3. The Lady Cavaliers tallied 170.33 points, 33.33 more than runner-up Coffeyville in the region standings. They piled up 252.5 points in the conference, 70 more than the Red Ravens.

Earlier this year, Johnson County won region and conference titles in cross country and indoor track.

“It’s an unbelievable accomplishment,” said JCCC head coach Mike Bloemker, who was honored as the Region VI Women’s Coach of the Year. “All the credit goes to my assistant coaches and most of all the athletes. All of the athletes really stepped up and gave their absolute best.”

Johnson County won only one event, but placed second in 10 events and third in seven events, which produced a total of 24 All-Region VI performers.  In the conference standing, JCCC athletes won 12 events and earned 31 All-East Jayhawk honors.

Johnson County was led by freshman N’Dia Harris (Olathe East H.S.). She accounted for 20 total points, placing first in the long jump, second in the 400-meter hurdles and seventh in the triple jump.  Her time of 1:04.43 in the hurdles put in in the fourth spot on JCCC’s performance list. Harris was the conference champion in both the long jump and hurdle events.

JCCC also had key efforts from Katie Nelson (16 points), Emily Meyers (14.5 points), Jalisa Brice (14 points), Marie Celliti (14 points), and Janee’ Kassanavoid (14 points).

Nelson placed second in the 5,000-meters, third in the 1,500-meters and ran a leg on the 4x800 relay that placed runner-up. Joining her on the relay were Paige Miller, Sydney Simpson and Madison Williams.

Meyers earned a second place finish in the heptathlon, tallying 4,205 points, fourth most recorded in school history. She also placed fourth in the long jump and ran a leg on the 4x100 relay that came in third. Mickalla Mitchell, Dakkota Edmonds, and Brya Greene joined her on the relay. Mitchell also raced to a third place finish in the 400-meter dash.

Brice leapt to a runner-up finish in the long jump and third place finish in the triple jump. Her effort of 38-8.75 in the triple jump put in fourth spot on JCCC’s top five performers list in the event.

Celliti ran to a second place finish in the 10,000-meters and a third place finish in the 5,000-meter run. Kassanovid scored in all three of her throwing events, placing second in the hammer, fourth in the shot put and seventh in the discus.

Other all-region performances were turned by Abi Hartzell in the 3,000-meter steeplechase (2nd place), Lia Howe and Amy Dennis in the pole vault (2nd place and 3rd place), Kendyl McDougald in the javelin (2nd place), and Mackenzie Gorthy in the 10,000-meters (3rd place). She also placed fourth in the 5,000-meters.

Johnson County Region and East Jayhawk Conference performances

Event Athlete Region
Conference Finish Time/Mark
100m Dakkota Edmonds -- 8th 12.74
200m Mickalla Mitchell -- 8th 25.84
400m Mickalla Mitchell 3rd 2nd 58.45
  Brya Greene 9th 5th 1:00.20
800m Paige Miller 8th 5th 2:27.35
  Madison Williams 9th 6th 2:29.32
  Sydney Simpson 10th 7th 2:30.26
1,500m Katie Nelson 3rd 1st 5:07.40
  Sydney Simpson 4th 2nd 5:10.48
  Paige Miller 5th 3rd 5:10.53
5,000m Katie Nelson 2nd 1st 20:59.04
  Marie Celliti 3rd 2nd 21:11.49
  Mackenzie Gorthy 4th 3rd 21:18.76
10,000m Marie Celliti 2nd 1st 42:54.22
  Mackenzie Gorthy 3rd 2nd 43:07.95
400m Hurdles N’Dia Harris 2nd 1st 1:04.43
  Brooklyn Meinke 7th 4th 1:06.41
  Kaylyn Williams 10th 5th 1:08.86
3000m Steeple Abi Hartzell 2nd 1st 13:20.01
  Makenzie Herron 7th 3rd 15:02.29
4x100 Edmonds, Myers, Mitchell, Greene 3rd 2nd 48.21
4x800 Miller, Nelson, Williams, Simpson 2nd 1st 9:57.43
High Jump Jalisa Brice 2nd 1st 5-3.5 (1.61m)
  Rebekah Gurka T-8th T-4th 4-9.5 (1.46m)
Long Jump N’Dia Harris 1st 1st 18-7.75 (5.67m)
  Emily Meyer 4th 2nd 18-3.75 (5.58m)
Triple Jump Jalisa Brice 3rd 2nd 38-8.75 (11.80m)
  N’Dia Harris 7th 4th 36-9 (11.20m)
  Rebekah Gurka 16th 9th 31-9.5 (9.69m)
Pole Vault Lia Howe 2nd 1st 10-11.75 (3.35m)
  Amy Dennis 3rd 3rd 10-0 (3.05m)
Discus Janee’ Kassanavoid 7th 5th 138-6 (42.21m)
  Bethany Webb 17th 10th 101-8 (31.00m)
Hammer Janee’ Kassanavoid 2nd 2nd 166-2 (50-64m)
  Bethany Webb 8th 7th 132-4 (40-35m)
  Maggie Hornick 12th 10th 117-7 (35.85m)
Javelin Kendyl McDougald 2nd 2nd 125-1 (38.13m)
  Maggie Hornick 14th 7th 95-5 (29-09m)
  Jessica Ryan 16th 9th 87-6 (26.67m)
Shot Put Janee’ Kassanavoid 5th 3rd 41-5 (12.62m)
  Kendyl McDougald 11th 7th 37-6 (11.43m)
  Bethany Webb 19th 9th 32-0 (9.75m)
Heptathlon Emily Meyers 2nd 2nd 4,205 points
  Brooklyn Meinke 4th 3rd 3,823 points
  Kaylyn Williams 10th 6th 3,295 points

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